Humanities

Workshop: Writing About Improvisation

March 27, 2019 at 9:30am11:30am

Tolley Building, 304

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What do improvisers do? How does improvisation function? This workshop — open to interested writers of all kinds — seeks a deepened understanding of improvisational languages across all disciplines and examines tensions between form and improvisation. Space is limited. Please RSVP by March 8 and include any accommodation requests.

Through a two-week residency at Syracuse University as Watson Visiting Professor for 2019, cultural journalist and music critic Larry Blumenfeld examines jazz as an aesthetic construct, a living culture, a language of many dialects, a personalized science and a framework for thought and action as related to social justice. Through lectures, presentations, workshops and public discussions, he looks beyond conventional histories and limitations of genre and style to tell stories of empowering legacies, ongoing struggles and essential cross-cultural connections. Blumenfeld proposes jazz as a resonant form and relevant framework for understanding personal and communal identities in turbulent times. He also investigates timeless traditions of improvisation and the current relationship between arts and activism. In doing so, Blumenfeld draws on his 30 years of journalism and criticism; his immersion in the jazz cultures of New York, New Orleans and Havana; and his ongoing dialogues with celebrated musicians.

Additional supporters:

Council on Diversity and Inclusion, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Goldring Arts Journalism Program, Hendricks Chapel, Museum Studies, English / Creative Writing, School of Education, Latino-Latin American Studies, SUArt Galleries, Art and Music Histories, Setnor School of Music, Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, History, Samba Laranja, CNY Jazz Central, Belfer Archives, Special Collections Resource Center, WAER

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This event was first published on March 15, 2019 and last updated on April 24, 2019.


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